News from December 22, 2012

December 22, 2012

Waterville area man arrested on warrant charges of impersonating officer, extortion, burglary and theft

AUGUSTA -- City police on Saturday arrested a Waterville-area man suspected of impersonating a police officer in Windham and held him on five warrants, according to police Sgt. Christopher Shaw.

December 22, 2012

Waterville District Court, Oct. 22 to Oct. 26, 2012

WATERVILLE -- The following cases, listed alphabetically H-Z, were closed from Oct. 22 to Oct. 26, 2012, in Waterville District Court.

December 22, 2012

Gardiner couple to end four-decade Christmas spectacle on West Street

GARDINER — After nearly 40 years of treating their community to an elaborate Christmas display on their lawn, Grant and Nancy Pare will be turning off most of the lights.

December 22, 2012

Colby College Museum of Art expansion will make facility largest art museum in Maine

WATERVILLE — The Colby College Museum of Art will be the largest art museum in Maine when the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion opens July 13, according to college officials.

December 22, 2012

Morning Sentinel area police log, Dec. 22, 2012

IN FAIRFIELD, Tuesday, at 5:29 p.m., a harassment complaint was reported at American Lodge on Main Street.

December 22, 2012

State and local fireworks rules

Since the state law allowing use and sale of commercial fireworks took effect Jan. 1, more than 50 Maine communities have enacted their own fireworks ordinances:

December 22, 2012

New Waterville police station on pace for July 1 completion, city manager says

WATERVILLE — Construction of a $3.4 million police station on Colby Street is on schedule, with a planned completion date of July 1, according to City Manager Michael Roy.

December 22, 2012

Augusta lawmakers press transportation commissioner for Mount Vernon Avenue repairs Several photos included in this story

AUGUSTA -- Three local Republican lawmakers met with Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt on Friday to talk about area roads and the need for improvements, according to the House Republican Office.

December 22, 2012

Region's gun dealers report spike in military-style rifles, high-capacity magazines

WINDSOR -- Local gun shops report a dramatic increase in sales recently, with many buyers concerned that President Barack Obama and Congress will begin to take away their ability to buy assault rifles and large ammunition clips in the wake of last week's mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school.

December 23, 2012

One year later, consumer fireworks safety misgivings prove largely unfounded Several photos included in this story

When the Maine Legislature legalized consumer fireworks nearly a year ago, many residents predicted the worst: devastating fires, mortal injuries and sleepless nights.

December 23, 2012

Search on in Kennebunkport for missing boat-building students

The young men were last seen at a gathering of friends on Wednesday night.

December 22, 2012

Leagues poised to challenge NJ over sports betting

A judge agrees leagues can file suit because expanding legal sports betting to New Jersey would negatively affect perception of their games.

December 22, 2012

Belfast businesswoman killed in crash

Ruth Holmes and her family operated Holmes Greenhouse and Florist Shop.

December 22, 2012

NORAD trademarks Santa operation

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has trademarked NORAD Tracks Santa and licensed a private company to sell official T-shirts and other gear.

December 22, 2012

Newtown in mourning inundated with gifts, money

More than $2.6 million in donations has poured into Newtown's official memorial fund.

December 22, 2012

Minot man arrested following armed standoff with state police

No one was hurt in the six-hour standoff despite numerous shots fired.

December 22, 2012

NH, Vt, ME to open snowmobile trails to each other

Any snowmobile legally registered in one of the participating states will be allowed on trails in all three during the weekend of Jan. 25-27.

December 22, 2012

Obama seeks scaled-down 'fiscal cliff' agreement

Neither the House nor the Senate is expected to meet again until after Christmas. Officials in both parties said there was still time to prevent the changes from kicking in with the new year.

December 22, 2012

Britain: Charges possible in royal prank call case

London's Metropolitan Police have submitted a file to Britain's Crown Prosecution Service "to consider whether any potential offenses may have been committed by making the hoax call."

December 22, 2012

LePage sends Christmas greetings

The Maine governor in his weekly address says this is a time for family but also to remember troops serving around the world.

December 22, 2012

CMP crews working to restore 2,140 without power

Central Maine Power crews are expected to restore electrical service to all customers by the end of Saturday.

December 22, 2012

'Fiscal cliff' leaves Boehner a wounded speaker

House speaker John Boehner says he isn't worried about losing his job when the new Congress convenes Jan. 3.

December 22, 2012

Maine given high marks for animal cruelty laws

Maine is second behind Illinois in a report by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.